Presentation & Delivery

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At the culmination of youth action civics projects, young people often deliver presentations of their work to public audiences. These can happen across the public square, from city hall gathering to school board meetings and the like. Our research team has come to call these presentations of youth action civics work ‘culminating performances.’ High quality culminating performances should demonstrate a strong command of the mechanics of public speaking and presentation skills. These include characteristics of voice, language, body positioning, gestures, engagement with the audience, and possibly appropriate presentation aids (e.g. powerpoints, graphics, etc) that complement, rather than subtract from, their presentation. Ideally, the delivery of a high quality culminating performance should also reflect students’ passion for the topic they are speaking about.

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